Step Back In Time At This Centuries-Old Mansion On A Secret Island In Goa
A short ferry ride from Old Goa or Ribandar jetties will take you to the secret & charming Divar Island in the middle of the Mandovi river, where we found the most luxurious place to stay.
What Makes It Awesome?
This 100-plus-year-old Indo-Portuguese mansion lovingly restored to showcase its grandeur, is what had us falling in love in the first place. What added to the charm was their resident labrador, Sophie, who gave us the warmest welcome.
Then, we walked into the large living room, which led to an ornate staircase and a room at the top lined with books, games and a gorgeous antique chess set and we thought we could just stay there.
If you are the outdoorsy type, then there are sprawling gardens all around to walk in, with butterflies and birds for company. Or then play some badminton on their court, or just do some meditation or yoga by the Buddha pond with only their ducks for company. They even have a swimming pool (occasionally invaded by the cute and surprisingly acrobatic baby turtle from the pond next door), and an in-house chef Jeet, who will whip up great Goan or any other kind of food you may desire.
A holiday here means just rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Every room is spacious & beautifully done, with comfortable beds, along with luxurious eco-friendly & natural toiletries. This is a home away from home, and the wonderful hosts Jay & Susan will ensure that your every comfort is taken care of.
The house is even dotted with cute vintage artefacts and items like the really old but pretty gas stove oven, or even the vinyl record player. Every element takes you back to a much simpler time, where you would want to leave your gadgets in your bags and just enjoy all that this property, and island has to offer.
With the Island celebrating Bonderam in the end of August, it is the perfect time to visit and partake in the local festivities. Additionally, this property even organizes intimate live music gigs for its guests occasionally, has hosted Writer's Retreats, Small Weddings etc, so a perfect place to get those creative juices flowing or have that small intimate wedding.